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Secure, Managed Substation
Data Access and Integration

A modern substation contains vast amounts of data, subsets of which are of interest to control center or enterprise applications and users. RuggedCom has dedicated itself to helping the electric utility industry access this data, process it into useful information and provide it in a useable format to a wide range of users and enterprise systems. RuggedCom is a recognized technology leader and now offers its technology and expertise in three new flexible product lines:

  • A proven Secure Access Management solution designed to provide NERC CIP compliant access to Intelligent Electronic Devices. The CrossBow solution focuses on delivering productivity gains for administrators and users while achieving full NERC compliance in managing, securing and reporting on remote access.

Secure, managed engineering access

Cyber security has become an urgent issue in many industries where advanced automation and communications networks play a crucial role in mission critical applications and where high reliability is of paramount importance. The electric utility, transportation, military, and industrial markets have special needs not found in a typical “commercial” or “office” environment.

RuggedCom has been monitoring the developments of the various industry specific security standards including NERC CIP, ISA S99, AGA 12, IEC 62443, ISO 17799:2005 and PCSRF SPP-ICS, to ensure all RuggedCom products contain features necessary to comply with the identified requirements.

RuggedCom is committed to providing a complete Cyber Security solution. By combining the security features the RuggedSwitch® products with that of the RuggedBackbone™ cyber security appliance, RuggedCom customers are able to establish an electronic security perimeter around their critical infrastructure in order to prevent the disruption of mission critical applications by accidental or malicious acts.


The RuggedBackbone™, an industrially hardened, Cyber Security Appliance has been specifically developed to provide an Electronic Security Perimeter for the protection of critical cyber assets. The RuggedBackbone™ is the main point of entry between the local area network (plant floor or substation) and the outside world. The RuggedBackbone™ combines a layer 3 router, a firewall, and a VPN in one device.

Key RuggedBackbone™ Cyber Security features include:

  • Firewall – Statefull firewall to control traffic between different zones of trust within a network. Includes Network Address Translation (NAT) to prevent unauthorized or malicious activity, initiated by outside hosts, from reaching the internal LAN.
  • Virtual Private Networking (VPN) – Provides secure communication links over networks. Ensures confidentiality, sender authentication, message integrity, and uses IPSec (IP Security) for encryption and authentication of all IP packets at the network layer.
  • Strong Encryption – Utilizes various encryption algorithms (DES, 3DES, AES) to obscure information and make it unreadable without special knowledge
  • Optional – Check Point security on APE – State of the art Check Point security with Firewall and Intrusion Prevention System


The RuggedSwitch® family of substation hardened Ethernet Switches provides security at the local area network level. The key cyber security features of these switches include:

  • Passwords – Multi-level user passwords secures switch against unauthorized configuration
  • SSH / SSL – Extends capability of password protection to add encryption of passwords and data as they cross the network
  • Enable / Disable ports – Capability to disable ports so that traffic can not pass
  • 802.1Q VLAN – Provides the ability to logically segregate traffic between predefined ports on switches
  • MAC based Port security – The ability to secure ports on a switch so only specific Devices / MAC addresses can communicate via that port
  • 802.1x Port Based Network Access Control – The ability to lock down ports on a switch so that only authorized clients can communicate via this port
  • Radius - Provides centralized password management
  • SNMPv3 - encrypted authentication and access security

For More Information

RuggedCom is ready to assist our customers in designing a secure network environment. If you would like to learn more about RuggedCom’s cyber security offerings and how we can help, email us at RuggedInfo.



RuggedBackbone™ RX1500

  • Crossbow for NERC CIP Cyber Security compliance
  • Integrated Router/Firewall/VPN
  • Stateful Firewall with NAT
  • Full IPSEC Virtual Private Networking
  • -40ºC to +85ºC
  • Integrated Power Supply
    (optional dual redundancy)
  • Integrated Cyber Security Features
  • Long Haul Fiber Support
  • Optional Check Point Firewall and IPS

The RuggedRated™ symbol identifies communications products that have been specifically designed and tested to withstand the demands of harsh industrial environments.

  • Zero Packet Loss
  • High EMI Immunity
    (IEC61850-3, IEEE 1613 Class 2)
  • -40ºC to +85ºC
  • IntegratedPower Supply
    (optional dual redundancy)
  • <5ms Network Fault Recovery
  • Rugged Construction

RuggedSwitch® (all models)

  • Multi-level User Passwords
  • SSH/SSL Encryption
  • Enable/Disable Ports
  • 802.1Q VLAN
  • MAC Based Ports Security
  • 802.1x Port Based Network Access Contro
  • Radius Password Management
  • SNMPv3 Authentication and Encryption